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Final group watches wind blow up scores

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LAS VEGAS – Saturday’s final group of J.J. Spaun, Kelly Kraft and Robert Garrigus did quite a bit of moving on Moving Day – backwards.

Spaun, Kraft and Garrigus played the third round at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open a combined 18 over par at a wildly windy TPC Summerlin.

While Spaun fought his way to a 2-over 73 and a share of the 54-hole lead, Kraft and Garrigus plummeted down the board with rounds of 79 and 77, respectively.

Standing in the 18th fairway, Garrigus had his hat turned backwards – so it wouldn’t blow off – and backed away from his shot twice as the wind howled in his face.


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While the groups who teed off early were able to avoid some of the strongest winds, the final group faced the most trying conditions.

“When I got here a little before 10 o’clock, it was nice,” said Spaun, who hours later opted for an extra 40 yards of club on his approach to the par-5 16th. “Then, about a half hour before my tee time, when I was heading over to the range, it started whipping up a little bit.

“That’s just how it is. You deal with what you get. Whether you get a good wave or a bad wave, you’ve got to just suck it up and deal with it.”